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The name Birch is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in an area close to a birch tree which is derived from the Old English word Birce, which literally means birch. The family gave their name to the village of Birch in Lancashire.

Birch Early Origins



The surname Birch was first found in Lancashire at Birch, a district chapelry, in the parish of Manchester, union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford. "The chapel, dedicated to St. James, is supposed to have been originally built by a member of the family of Birch. Birch Hall, a seat of the Haverseges, passed from them to the Birches; and it is conjectured that the plans laid by James, Earl of Derby, for seizing Manchester for Charles I., were disconcerted by the councils of Col. Birch (1615-1691) and his compeers, held here." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"In the reign of Edward II. the manor [of Birches in Cheshire] passed with the heiress of Nicholas de Birches, by marriage, to the Winningtons." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Birch Spelling Variations


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Birch Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Birch has been spelled many different ways, including Birch, Birche, Burch, Berch and others.

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Birch Early History


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Birch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birch research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1691, 1645, 1660 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Birch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birch In Ireland


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Birch In Ireland



Some of the Birch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Birchs to arrive in North America:

Birch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Birch who settled in Dorchester Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Birch settled in New England in 1654

Birch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Birch who settled in Maryland in 1739
  • George Birch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764

Birch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jacob Birch U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Birch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Birch, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Richard Birch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848
  • Edwin Birch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • Sussana Birch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • Emma Birch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Birch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • E. N. Birch arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nelson" in 1842
  • G. Talbot Birch arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • W. J. Birch arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • William Birch, aged 39, a shoemaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Fanny Birch, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Birch (post 1700)



  • Patricia Birch, American five-time Tony Award nominated choreographer and director for musical theatre and film
  • Diane Birch (b. 1983), American singer-songwriter
  • Adam Birch (b. 1979), American semi-retired professional wrestler, known by the ring names Joey Mercury and Joey Matthews
  • John Birch (1918-1945), India-born, American missionary and US spy, executed in communist China, eponym of the John Birch Society
  • Paul Birch (1910-1969), American Broadway and film actor
  • Thora Birch (b. 1982), American Golden Globe nominated, three-time Young Artist Award winning actress
  • Stanley Francis Birch Jr. (b. 1945), American federal judge
  • Thomas Birch (1705-1766), English historian
  • Kenneth Joseph Birch (b. 1933), retired English footballer
  • Joseph "Joe" Birch (1904-1980), English professional footballer
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Birch Historic Events


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Birch Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Master John Henry Reuben Birch (1907-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Elsie Alice Birch (1914-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Ellen Gertrude Birch (1878-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. James William Birch (1919-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Mornington, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sydney L Birch, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph J Birch, British Ordnance Telegrahist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Peter R Birch, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Prudentia simplicitate
Motto Translation: Simply prudent.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Birch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 25 October 2016 at 15:25.

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